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   CHARLES FREDERICK LOESEL president of the Bay City Forge Company, and engagd in sheet and metal work at No. 211 East Eighteenth Street, this city. He is a representative type of energetic and enterprising business man of Erie who, through years of stern and unwearied application to the various phases of commercial life, has established an industrial concern which has not only enabled him to attain and honorable station in the business world but also thereby to contribte considerably to the financial worth of the city. His rise to his present post of honor and responsibility as a leader of finances is due soley to his own innate resources and perseverance, for he began his industrial career simply as an iron worker and has since brought to bear such faculties for managing affairs and ingenuity relative to his craft has made it possible for him, step by step, to enlarge the borders of his enterprise and develop the business, of which he is the executive head, to its present gratifying proportions.

   Born in this city June 17, 1868 (actually was the 18th), Mr. Loesel is a son of Michael and Emma (Stickel) (this is a new name to me, not sure about it) Loesel, highly respected German residents of Erie, whos nativity occurred in the fatherland in the years 1836 and 1848 respectively. (thes dates of birth do not agree with the records from the Erie Cemetery) Here, where was celebrated their marriage, they have spent their entire lives since arriving in America and for thirty-five years continuously the father, a carpenter by trade, was prominent in the industrial circles of the city as a contractor and builder. He took an active part in the building of the residence portions of the municipality and by his efforts and industry, as well as by those of other, the city has been developed to its present prosperous condition. His long season of unremitting application, aided by excellent business judgement and careful management had placed him in circumstances enabling him to withdraw from active life in 1891. Of a family of nine children born to him and his wife the following survived: Lisetta, the wife of Henry Hausmannn, resident of Erie: Ida who married W. R. Baker, the couple living in Lewistown, Pennsylvania: Mabel, who resides in Erie with her husband, Daniesl G. Baldwin (a.k.a. G. Daniel Baldwin); and Charles Frederick. Five sons passed (actual was three) away in childhood within ten days of each other during an epidemic.
Reared in the city of his birth Charles Frederick Loesel was at the usual age enrolled as a pupil at the public schools, pursuing his studies there until the age of fifteen years. Inheriting the industry of his fther and also a desire to become assoiciated with the building trades, at the early age, he became an apprentice to the carpenter's trade under his parent and plied his craft until he was nineteen years old. At this period of his life, however, with every opportunity before him in the pursuit of the occupation, his desire turned toward railroading and for two and a half years he was employed as a fireman on the Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad, which vocation not only added to his physical vigor but also in some respects supplemented his experience in a department of work akin to that in which he is now engaged. Upon leaving the rail- road Mr. Loesel opened up a shop on his own account and engaged in the sheet metal and tinning business, in which he has since continued successfully. Being naturally apt at mechanical work and entering upon the undertaking with determination to suceed, at the same time bring to bear upon his daily tasks a conscientious desire to produce the highest class workmanship and therby establish a worthy reputation in his department of industry, his business gradually grew until now he conducts one the most extensive metal industries in the city. In 1907 he established the Bay City Forge Company, of which he is the president and which is at present located at the corner of Eighteenth and Crandberry Streets. Mr. Loesel has exercised executive control over the company since its organization and his practical experience in the various phases of the industry, togeather with his keen business discernment aptly qualify him for his responsible office, while his just and fair buisness methods assure the industry steady growth.
Mr. Loesel wedded Miss Lou Baker, a native of Erie city and a daughter of John O. and Mary Baker. To this union have been born: Fred M., George O., Charles G. and Agnes E. Loesel. Aside from the duties incumbent upon him as a business man Mr. Loesel finds time to enter into municipal affairs and from 1904 until 1908 was member of the city council, his services for the public as a constituent of that honorable body having shared the interests and administrative ability he brings to bear in his own private business concerns. In 1908 he was elected a member of the board of poor directors of Erie County, taking his seat on January 1, 1909, for a term of three years. Mr. Loesel is a thirty-second degree Mason and member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias while further his social nature finds gratification as a member of the Shrine Club. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and Builders Exchange, both of which he assisted in organizing and his individuality is a strong feature both in the city's industrial and municipal life.
Mr. Loesel wedded Miss Lou Baker, a native of Erie city and a daughter of John O. and Mary Baker. To this union have been born: Fred M., George O., Charles G. and Agnes E. Loesel. Aside from the duties incumbent upon him as a business man Mr. Loesel finds time to enter into municipal affairs and from 1904 until 1908 was member of the city council, his services for the public as a constituent of that honorable body having shared the interests and administrative ability he brings to bear in his own private business concerns. In 1908 he was elected a member of the board of poor directors of Erie County, taking his seat on January 1, 1909, for a term of three years. Mr. Loesel is a thirty-second degree Mason and member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias while further his social nature finds gratification as a member of the Shrine Club. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and Builders Exchange, both of which he assisted in organizing and his individuality is a strong feature both in the city's industrial and municipal life.
Noble Charles F. Loesel
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